From superyachts to fishing boats, amphibious vessels to catamarans, the seacraft cruising into the Boat Show 2019 should not be missed
Now settled into its Dubai Canal setting, the biggest boat show on the Middle East’s calendar will once again host the biggest names in the marine and leisure industry. For 2019, the organisers are expecting over 400 yachts, boats and sea craft to grace the marina, with plenty to see and do, whether you’re buying, browsing or just coming along for some world class Instagram shots.
As seven out of the Top 10 largest superyachts are Middle East owned, then its no surprise that to find that DIBS is of great importance to the big shipyards. Joining Majesty Yachts on the marina floor will be Feadship, Fincantieri, Oceanco, Lürssen, CRN, SanLorenzo, Heesen, Benetti, Baglietto and Amels.
Unlike the recent Dusseldorf boat show (where it snowed) Dubai is very much a warm and sunny outdoor event. Here in the marina, you can view the various superyachts, motor cruisers and sailing boats in the water, or even have a go yourself in the Sailing Experience. There’s plenty to watch out on the water too, with Flyboard, PWC Freestyle and the UAE Aquabike Championships taking place during the show.
Although DIBS is an international event with exhibitors from across the globe, it’s the local manufacturers who really get to shine at the Canal. Of course, sport fishers are huge in the local market and these days local boat builders such as IMG and Emirates Boats have the quality and performance to take on the big American centre console brands.